Earthquakes

Magnitude 5+ Earthquakes – Global

5.5 Earthquake hits Tonga.

5.5 Earthquake hits Kepulauan Talmud, Indonesia.

5.2 Earthquake hits the Pacific-Antarctic ridge.

5.1 Earthquake hits near the east coast of Honshu, Japan.

5.0 Earthquake hits the Cook Strait, New Zealand.

5.0 Earthquake hits northern Sumatra, Indonesia.

5.0 Earthquake hits New Britain, Papua New Guinea.

5.0 Earthquake hits west of Macquarie Island.

Storms and Floods

Tropical Storms – Roundup of Tropical Storms:

No current tropical storms.

Newsbytes:

Vietnam – At least 13 people have died in flood disaster brought by torrential rain since late November this year, the government and state media said on Sunday. Six people died in floods in Binh Dinh provinces. Four others died in Quang Ngai province.

Thailand – Three people have drowned and a fisherman is missing as heavy rain pounds the southern provinces, with floods affecting thousands of people. In Surat Thani, the worst-hit province, high water made the main road around the popular tourist island of Koh Samui impassable. Heavy rain was also delaying some flights at Samui Airport.

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Wildfires

Wildfires – Tennessee, USA – Update

The death toll caused by the wildfires in Gatlinburg, Tenn., has climbed to 13, according to local officials in the Eastern Tennessee town.

The fire, which burned more than 15,000 acres, is believed to be caused by arson. Federal investigators are searching for the person or people that caused it.